Eighteen state hospitals are broke having accumulated debts amounting from 92 million baht up to almost 400 million baht.
The state of financial crisis of state hospitals was recently disclosed in the Facebook page of the Federation of Doctors of central and general hospitals.
The following hospitals which are considered as broke are: King Rama III hospital, 354 million baht in debt; Saraburi hospital, 321 million baht; Uttradit hospital, 277 million baht; Sakhon Nakhon hospital, 225 million baht; Surat Thani hospital, 219 million baht; Khon Kaen hospital, 214 million baht; Chao Phraya Yommaraj hospital, 199 million baht; Hua Hin hospital, 194 million baht; Wachira Phuket hospital, 185 million baht; Phayao hospital, 164 million baht; Phichit hospital, 156 million baht; Songkhla hospital, 138 million baht; Hat Yai hospital, 133 million baht; Nakhon Ping hospital, 131 million baht; King Rama II hospital, 116 million baht; Phra Phuttabaat hospital, 115 million baht; Prachuab Khiri Khan hospital, 102 million baht and Sukhothai hospital, 92 million baht.
Public Health Minister Dr Piyasakol Sakonsattayatorn admitted that state hospitals had been experiencing financial crisis for quite a long time and the situation is now critical.
However, he assured that the government would did not sit idly by and was trying to solve the problem.
He blamed the financial crisis facing the 18 state hospitals on poor management and insufficient funding from the universal health coverage programme.